MySQL or MariaDB?

Love "Learning SQL" by Alan Beaulieu.

I am a newbie to SQL. For the purposes of the "Learning SQL" book, are MariaDB and MySQL interchangeable? Or should I just stick with MySQL?
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  • Hello Ron,

    So glad to hear that you're enjoying Learning SQL. I found some information on page x of the Preface that should hopefully answer your question:

    "While the examples in this book run on MySQL, Oracle Database, and SQL Server, I had to pick one of those products to host my sample database and to format the result sets returned by the example queries. Of the three, I chose MySQL because it is freely obtainable, easy to install, and simple to administer. For those readers using a different server, I ask that you download and install MySQL and load the sample database so that you can run the examples and experiment with the data."

    Hope this helps and have a great day!

    Best regards,
    Paul Fichera
    Customer Service Representative
    O'Reilly Media
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